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Rockland Breakwater postcard face - click to enlarge

Rockland Breakwater postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Rockland Breakwater

State: ME
Year established: 1888
Latitude: 44 deg 6 min 14 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 4 min 39 sec W
Height above sea level: 39 feet

Original construction:
movable beacon along breakwater under construction

1902: 25-foot square brick tower on roof of wooden keeper's house at end of granite breakwater

Automated in 1965; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 17 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 15 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 94